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ATO loses 1000TB of data, students and fraudsters cheer…suspiciously

ATO loses 1000TB of data, students and fraudsters cheer…suspiciously

Friday 16 December, 2016
A pioneering clusterboink at the ATO resulted in the loss of a colossal amount of data and the hope that an entire nation would be off the hook. 
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For those of you waiting on the results of that surprise audit, or who own an untouched HECS debt, it might be time to cross your fingers further and head to the nearest house of worship, as the ATO lost 1,000 terabytes of data. Which, for those of you playing at home, is enough space to fill the Warragamba Dam with your awful awful self-portraits and pirated movies.

The internal crash of the catastrophic variety struck the SAN (or Storage Area Network for the rest of us) causing the massive loss of data, washing the backup systems away in the subsequent tidal wave of electronic clusterfuckery. Or in Tech-ese, the initial issue on the original server was duplicated on the secondary, therefore things went real bad real quick.



According to the ATO, and I’m unsure why they’d admit such a thing, but this failure is the first of its kind in the world. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi etc. The recovery of said data will take longer than usual, but it will return at some point. Which, if it’s the same timeframe they use to process my meagre tax-return, hooley-dooley.

It wouldn’t be 2016 without someone taking it too far, so…why not us? Now that everyone has returned to zero in the all-encompassing eye of the Australian Tax Agency, I say it’s high time we paint ourselves in warfare colour, rub dirt in our hair, and roll into the hills screaming ‘Wolverines’.

That or just stay at home and hope the phone doesn’t ring.

Remember. Pay your taxes, kiddies. Even if the ATO loses it.


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